(SportsNetwork.com) - After an up-and-down start to the season, the Chicago Blackhawks are finally resembling their old dominant selves. The Blackhawks will aim for a fifth straight victory when they host the struggling Montreal Canadiens in Fridays battle at United Center. Chicago began the season with a 7-6-1 record, but the 2013 Stanley Cup champions have won nine of 11 games since that mediocre start. The Blackhawks have outscored the opposition by a combined 15-5 margin during their current four-game winning streak. Joel Quennevilles club has won each of its the last three outings by identical 4-1 scores. After capping a 5-1-0 road trip with consecutive 4-1 wins in Anaheim and Los Angeles, the Hawks returned home to win Wednesdays game against St. Louis by the same margin. It marked the first meeting between the Blackhawks and Blues since Chicago claimed last springs first-round playoff series in six games. Kris Versteeg scored and also set up Patrick Kane for two goals, all in the first 5:19 of Wednesdays third period, to lead Chicago to the win. Marcus Kruger had a first-period goal for the Blackhawks before Ian Cole tied the game for St. Louis in the second period. It was the fourth straight home win for Chicago, pushing the clubs record in the Windy City to 8-3-1. Antti Raanta made 40 saves in his first start since a 3-2 loss at St. Louis on Oct. 25. Raanta will see his workload increase with No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford sidelined 2-to-3 weeks with a left foot injury he suffered when he missed a step leaving a recent concert. I like how he challenged. I think he was comfortable meeting pucks. I thought he was good finding pucks, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said about Raanta. Raanta will go again tonight for the Blackhawks in what will be his first career appearance against the Canadiens. Chicago has won two straight and three of the last four meetings against Montreal. The Blackhawks routed the Habs 5-0 in Montreal on Nov. 4 with Jonathan Toews and Versteeg each posting a goal and an assist for Chicago and Crawford making 28 saves for a shutout. The Canadiens have lost four in a row at the United Center. Their last win in Chicago was on Feb. 27, 2002. Montreal enters Friday having lost four of its last five games. The Habs are 1-1-0 so far on a four-game road trip, beating Colorado on Monday before losing Wednesday in Minnesota. The Canadiens dropped a 2-1 decision to the Wild after getting outshot by a 35-19 margin in the game. Alex Galchenyuk scored Montreals only goal, beating Darcy Kuemper with 58 seconds left in regulation. Carey Price stopped 33 pucks in defeat, as the Habs fell to 8-5-1 as the road team. With Montreal closing its road trip tomorrow night in Dallas, Price is expected to get a rest from backup Dustin Tokarski either tonight or Saturday against the Stars. Price is 3-2-0 with a 2.19 goals against average in his career against Chicago, while Tokarski has never faced the Blackhawks. In other news, Chicago forward Patrick Sharp returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering an injury to his right knee on Nov. 4. Sharp, who has three goals and six assists in 13 games this season, is considered day-to-day and isnt expected to play until next week when Chicago is on the road. The Blackhawks kick off a four-game road trip tomorrow in Nashville. Nike Shox Clearance Sale
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